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A quick summary of some of the things we did this week.

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Hello!

Back on to a more reasonable posting time this week, but my goodness, it's been a very busy week for all of us due to work / studies / life! So what have we been doing? Well, in our spare time we've had a few online games together to see how fluid the overall experience is, it allows us to take very quick notes on where our gameplay is going and what maps work well or require improvement. Of course it's also a way of finding bugs and issues with the game which thankfully have been at an all time minimum! This news post will be focused on running you through how some of the online games have played out and give you a small idea of what to expect.

The first match was played between myself (Morpher) and Hassan_2030 on the recently shown map DM: Salvation (6). This is our first completed map which features the lower class Tiberium strains (Red, Orange and Yellow), which means resources are generally abundant but worth very little. This gave the match more focus on your lower tier tech and slowed down tech tree advancement. Playing GDI, I found myself using small infantry squads with Medics thrown in for my overall defence, thanks to managing the squads properly they were soon trained up to an Elite status. Hassan and myself both held off major attacks, instead going for small skirmishes through the "backdoor" of each others bases. Eventually, after some tech advances I used a small Orca Interceptor (EMP Missile Aircraft) squadron to disable Hassan's anti aircraft systems and the Orca Bombers did their job!

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note this image was from a separate match!

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note this image was from a separate match!

Next up was one of my favorite maps DM: Typhoon Warning (3). This is a 3 player island based map with heavy weather effects included, often the sky is dark and a thunderstorm is howling down upon the battlefield. I played this match as GDI with OracVX (Nod) as my ally against an A.I opponent on Hard difficulty (Nod). Whilst our A.I is far from finished this was a good opportunity to see where we can fine tune it. The A.I definitely proved a worthy challenge overrunning Orac's defenses quite early requiring me to leave a taskforce stationed there whilst he resurrected his fallen base. Once back on his feet Orac and I launched a Naval strike on the enemy base which proved devastating. I chose to use the Poseidon which is GDI's strongest ship, it must be deployed into a stationary position before being able to fire after which it launches a large long range and devastatingly powerful cruise missile. I also sent reinforcements to help defend the Poseidon in the form of the Pallas, a lower tech ship using mid range A.A capable missiles. Eventually we smashed the A.I's defenses and were victorious!

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Whilst it may not be a plethora of new content, we've still been very busy fine tuning the game and most importantly we've been having fun with it too! We're very happy we've gotten to a stage now where we can comfortably play internal staff games online relatively bug free, now focusing on tightening up the balance aspect of the experience. More new content to be shown next week but for now...

That's what we did this week!

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Drweegee1337
Drweegee1337

Looking really good, nice to see you've reached such a state of completion that you can play internal games like this.

If I'd say anything, it feels like the perspective on some off the GDI buildings is a tad iffy. It may be just me, but some of them almost appear to float above the ground.

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Orac|
Orac|

All the buildings are rendered from the same template, so I don't believe the perspective is off. It may be the lack of ground shadows, which is due to the generally slanted nature of their aesthetic (and at least a few buildings missing shadows entirely - I'm looking at you, Advanced Comms Center <_<).

Egregious examples of this can probably be touched up manually by extending their shadows a bit. Of course they'll lose their mathematical accuracy but rule one of graphics is that if it looks good it's right.

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Drweegee1337
Drweegee1337

Hm yes, that's probably it.

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Martinoz
Martinoz

I want it 0_0

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_UNWRITTEN
_UNWRITTEN

i like the boat and the rain.

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Arcofshadow
Arcofshadow

in the pictures with the two boats and the bridge i noticed that the middle bridge is diffrent from the parts on the clive, i quess they are placeholders?

nice work it is nice to see that you having fun keep it up :)

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StalinsThighs
StalinsThighs

Yeah, that's definitely old TS bridge cliff pieces. I imagine those are somewhat low on the priority list atm, since it's just a bridge.

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Orac|
Orac|

Pretty much. Graphics for the new bridge ends exist, they just haven't been converted into a game-readable format.

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usuarioH
usuarioH

A new video can be? Please!

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